James Lenhart

Born: July 25, 1835 - Pottsville, Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania

Died: October 7, 1891 - San Francisco, California

Based on information found in Native Daughters of the Golden West documents (V18-239) submitted by his daughters Josephine T. Johnson and Charlotte Breen (plus family tradition) the name of James Madison Lenhart has been added to the list of Pony Express Riders.

In the winter of 1860-1861, Lenhart was on the route from Pacific House to Strawberry Valley, California.

Alice Raven states in part:

"I have tracked down some of my distant cousins over the past few years, and all branches of the family share the understanding that James Lenhart had been a Pony Express rider and that there was some connection to the Strawberry Valley Station, but no further details about that phase of his life. My father is under the impression that James and his 16-year-old bride (Nano Maria Barry, with whom he eloped in October 1860), were also in some manner involved in running Strawberry Valley Station later. I've wondered whether Nano might have been related to Irad Berry, who was the station manager there, but I can't find any evidence of that. (Irad had come from Vermont, whereas Nano's family came from County Cork to Louisiana, then came to California via the Isthmus of Panama in 1851.)"

On June 4, 1860 (enumeration date), James appeared on the census as a miner staying in a boarding house at Newtown, El Dorado, California.

On October 2, 1860, James and Nano were married, but it's unclear whether this took place in San Francisco or somewhere in El Dorado County.

Their first child, Ellen Regina Lenhart, was born in San Francisco on July 16, 1861.

In later years he was an owner and superintendent of the United Carriage Company, originally under the firm name of Lenhart & Brady Carriages, serving the Palace Hotel & Lick House in San Francisco.

Information provided by Alice Raven May 2001.